The equipment used in non-diagnostic ultrasound scanning is regulated by the Government of Alberta Department of Labor. This department has publicly stated, “There is no plan to regulate ultrasound use because, in the department’s opinion, there are no proven health hazards.”
Dr. Davis Elliott, Head of Diagnostic Ultrasound at Foothills Hospital in Calgary, Alberta, says prenatal ultrasound is completely safe and women should not be concerned about having the procedure. In an interview with the Calgary Herald he stated that, “Ultrasound of pregnant women is a safe procedure and to the best of scientific knowledge there are no side effects.”
A documented research study by Geoffrey Anderson for the Royal commission on New Reproductive Technologies found that the number of ultrasounds performed in Ontario and British Columbia increased by 240 per cent from 1981 to 1990. Anderson stated, “The trials showed no statistically significant impact on the health of a newborn baby or on infant mortality.”
In the Globe and Mail on Friday, November 2, 1992, Murray Enkin, Professor Emeritus in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at McMaster University in Hamilton, Ontario, says that ultrasound screening is a complex issue. “I do feel it should be available to women who want it. Women like it. We have this concept that more information is, in itself, a good thing,” says Enkin.
The Society of Obstetrics and Gynecologists of Canada, which once opposed routine ultrasounds, changed its view in June of 1991. The Society’s diagnostic imaging committee now recommends that all pregnant women be offered an ultrasound scan during their second trimester (16-20 weeks).
We believe that ultrasound scans are a safe and healthy way for parents to form a bond with their unborn children. If you have any concern regarding the safety of ultrasound imaging, we encourage couples to check with their attending physician before booking an appointment. The medical field has been very supportive of our non-diagnostic concept.
We hope that you take advantage of this wonderful technology, and remember we are happy to answer any questions you may have.